Chandler Rogers on his wrestling strategy
Replacing Alex Dieringer had to be not that fun of a task, but Rogers has done it well.
Pinning opponents is something Rogers grew up doing, first as a kid in Idaho and Washington, then at Stillwater High after his family moved to Oklahoma a few years back. He went to camps to hone those skills. He worked on getting pins from a variety of positions. Then, he went onto the mat looking for the pin.
Major-college competition has forced Rogers to learn how to grind out more matches, but that doesn’t mean his ultimate goal has changed. “Once we start hitting that third period, they start hitting that tired stage or they start getting desperate because I put up so many points on them,” Rogers said, “that’s usually when I find the pin.” [NewsOK]
Reminder: Get to GIA on Sunday.
I didn’t know this, but Jeffrey Carroll moved in with a high school teacher before coming to Oklahoma State who served as his effective father. Great story here.
Carroll has another year left at OSU. With the way he is playing, he might even land a spot on an NBA roster once he leaves college. After believing he would never make it to college, he has Elder to thank for where he is. No matter how high Carroll rises or whether he does achieve his goal, Elder said he will gladly help him with whatever he needs.
“He means the world to me,” Elder said. “We’ve been through the good, the bad, the ugly. I would do anything for him, and he knows it. Just whatever he needs, any time he needs me, he knows I’m always there for him.” It’s what fathers are for. [O’Colly]
OSU and NCAA Notes
Awesome story here by Hayden Barber on softballers Taylor Lynch and Madi Sue Montgomery … Six Cowgirls on the Academic All-Big 12 team … Jim Harbaugh remains the worst … The record for a wrestling crowd is just over 10,000 which it sounds like OSU is poised to break.
All OSU gear should be signed with an orange sharpie from here on out.
— JB Bernstein (@jbbernstein) February 16, 2017
Top 25 for the Pokes here.
— SI College Hoops (@si_ncaabb) February 16, 2017
What You Missed on PFB
- Five questions with Amauri Hardy.
- Confidence, toughness key OSU’s seven wins in eight games.
- Super Bowl of wrestling coming to Stillwater.
- Where does OSU turn after the Trae Young announcement?
- Dez was back in Stillwater on Thursday.
More Stuff I’m Reading
This on how much presidents spend is interesting (and a little misleading given how much bigger the current First Family is than the previous) … I’d never heard of this guy until he did the Tim Ferris podcast, but I like the ethos of Mr. Money Mustache.